St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

Slave Wrecks Project


St. Croix U.S.V.I.

Slavery and Freedom in the United States Virgin Islands

Since 2015, the Slave Wrecks Project has developed a network of collaborators in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, devoted to exploring the history and legacies of slavery and freedom there.  SWP partners advance terrestrial and maritime archaeological investigations, dive training, and underwater heritage monitoring and analysis. SWP also conducts exhibition development, interpretation, and community outreach in St. Croix, telling fuller stories about our shared history. In St. Croix, SWP has hosted collaborative projects with global partners from Senegal, Mozambique, and South Africa, as well as field schools for students from HBCUs and local universities.

Global partners of the SWP – NMAAHC, National Park Service Southeast Archaeological Center, NPS Submerged Resources Center, Diving with a Purpose, and George Washington University – are joined in the USVI by a host of local and regional partners and collaborators. They include: Christiansted National Historic Site; the Society of Black Archaeologists, University of the Virgin Islands, Junior Scientists in the Sea, and CHANT (Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism). Throughout all of these efforts, SWP works to support ongoing efforts toward preserving, researching, and interpreting the important cultural heritage of the Caribbean related to histories and sites of slavery and freedom.